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Dahlia tuber sales are starting. May the gods help me resist.

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I sometimes wish I could write more about what I draw. However, the reason I draw or paint is to eliminate the use of words. So… yeah.

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Alison was so excited to show me a rose bush budding in the middle of winter. I’m pretty sure this is a dream mostly because I can’t find evidence of this discussion. Equally important: it’s summer over there.

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Collage! Real life one! I enjoyed making this. In the process I even answered questions I didn’t know I had. Also this is not a precious sketchbook and wow it’s been liberating!

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@jean this is so magical.

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No frills, just the disarmingly vigorous beauty of the ordinary.

— Christian Ouwens describing Klaas Gubbels’ studio.

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An impasse and I'm okay with it! simonedot.com
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@ablerism (oh gosh - many thanks for the ps!)

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Dear husband. Please.

(A digital collage via Procreate)

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@Miraz I have a much revised opinion about winter — that is: I’m loving it more every year! Complete opposite to when I moved to Australia from the tropics circa 10++ years ago.

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Spontaneous video call with my childhood friends for a baby shower. It was so so so cup-filling. I’ve missed them both so much and I’m so grateful T called so I could be part of M’s celebration.

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@ablerism oh sweet little one.

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@otak you’re making me want to try again!

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Exam deadline tomorrow. Naturally I’m on eBay looking at terrarium plants and chrysanthemums and considering bidding for a sweet jumper not available in Australia, but is already in Australia. Should I buy it now?!

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@JohnPhilpin a career change! 😅

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Type. Delete. Type. Delete…….. I am this. No, no, no. No I am not that. But maybe I should? Arg. (Squishes face with palms.)

If it’s not obvious, I am mildly panicking about mid-life!

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Clean as you go, please! Digital sketchbook via Procreate.

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Reliable, day-brightening babies.

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Finished study of a bearded iris from this afternoon’s session (’painting’ via Procreate). The ruffles were a fun challenge to nut out - I could have kept going but my alarm to pick up the kids brought me back to earth. I really appreciate the term study as I learned a fair bit from this exercise.

Auto-generated description: A digital painting of a single purple and white iris flower is displayed against a dark gray background.
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@Miraz I laughed out loud — hahaha!

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@Miraz that is amazing growth for two years!

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A fragile point of interest in the winter garden. Imagining this with snow ala Piet Oudolf’s work.

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@ec there is a quiet beauty and satisfaction to it. With you on this!

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@dwalbert how stunning - this is a dream of mine. Hopefully in spring! (Australian winter now so everything's quiet.) What are the cherry reds - salvias?

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There are moments when raising young children when I really, really want to tell them, “whatever you do, don’t ever have kids."

But of course, I can’t and don’t say it.

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I’m going to attempt the Pressed Flowers hat by Amy Christoffers. Fingers crossed youtube can save my ambitious arse 🧶

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FINALLY Finished reading: Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 📚 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’ve been on off reading this book and never got past Part I. As soon as I did, I could not put it down. What a wild ride! Gutted about certain things - iykyk! I always get so emotionally attached to fictional char... simonedot.com
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A spell of sickness that started with me. Kids home for close to a week now. Even M is napping! He never does this. Must be really bad. I’m sort of emerging from the depths. Still get tired quite quickly. I bought heaps of yarn for myself and nano-bugs, lego, and modelling clay for the kids. Yawn 🥱

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All corms, rhizomes and bulbs are in at last. The ranunculus (Marshmallow) I planted early autumn are already poking out of the earth!

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Purple anemone chrysanthemums 🌸

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@alexink so stunning and intricate!

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Doodles via Procreate. Left is an imagined garden pest. Right is kalanchoe and (dead?) portulaca in a terracotta pot.

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@manton love the graphic mural!!

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@V_ oh my gosh this is so lovely!!

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@manton I’m excited for this!! Does it have to be a particular protocol for sign in? Curious about the criteria there. Sign in with Gmail / Instagram (for example) to verify could be useful for typical* social media folk, eg my friends! 😅 (*My tone here is not at all condescending!!)

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@jean I just finished watching the whole thing and enjoyed the discussion! If I was the internet wizard, I’d probably wave my wand and assign a domain name + an opt in basic website ala Now page for every single human! 😅🧙🏽‍♀️

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@ohhelloana.blog every word is true for me too.

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@jean all the best! Sad to see you go and excited for what the future holds 🤍

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@jean A Body on the Beach would be my suggestion. It’s not as literary as Ellis Peters’ work but it’s cozy and the setting and characters have grown on me!

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@manton I’m glad this made it out of your drafts. Well written and well considered post.

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@jean I just finished! It’s really good I’m onto the next. I love the writing style too 🤍

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@z428 oh thank you!

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@manton and it’s really good too! One of my photos was tagged as a dahlia with sunlight filtering through the leaves. That’s a really descriptive and useful alt text (never mind that it was a chrysanthemum haha), infinitely better than what I would have typed (ie pink flower).

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@manton so interesting (the polarisation over AI). I really wanted to be part of a mastodon instance long ago but it required alt text for every single thing and if you don’t do it you’re basically the devil. I never want to exclude those who need alt text but also it took the joy away from sharing so I left. The specific use of AI for alt text is perfection and imo helps rather than harms.